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Irish Pubs in the U.S.A.

March 10, 2010

I am a foodie. There is no other way to describe it. I grew up around food, when I am with my family we talk about meals we dream to make, and I drool over every ingredient in Whole Foods. I may not be the best cook, but I am certainly getting better. Yumventures has made me practice almost every day. This is becoming a better adventure than I ever expected.

While waiting for Z to finish up some of his homework last night I randomly Googled huevos rancheros and found so many interesting facts about the origins of the dish (some of which I shared here). I have spent today thinking about how I not only enjoy cooking, but reading about the foods I make and learning where they come from. I have my own little story behind every meal, but behind that story there is a bigger one, of culture and the culinary world. Expect to see more of this in the future!

Tonight Z and I are attending an event for his school at the Kinsale Pub in Boston, by Government Center. It prides itself on being a classic Irish pub. Now, I’ve been to my fair share of “Irish pubs” in a variety of cities, including Dublin. The American pubs just seem to be Irish-themed, and not much else. It is difficult to capture the quaintness of a pub along a cobblestone street. But this is Boston, home to one of the largest Irish communities outside of Ireland, and with St. Patrick’s Day a week away, what better time to delve a little deeper?

The Kinsdale is right to say it is “straight from Ireland”…many pubs in the U.S. have their signage and paneling crafted in Ireland and shipped over to be as authentic as possible. Ironically enough, most pubs in Ireland don’t serve food — traditionally pubs were for drinking only, and then became more of a bar/liquor store (“spirit grocer”) during a time the of prohibition. The “gastropub” did not become popular until almost the 1990s, which is the type of pub found all over the States today, and what the Kinsdale is. (Source: Wikipedia)

Now, on to the food. We had some free appetizers that I munched on. The bad gluten free person that I am, most of them had a breading on them 😦

This cheese platter had the most interesting “marbled cheese”. And Gruyere, my favorite!

Boneless buffalo tender and Southwestern egg roll. (Sorry for the bad picture!)

The Buffalo tenders were pretty good. They were sooooo spicy! Almost too spicy, if that’s possible. The but Southwestern egg roll…I have to figure out how to make this at home. They were filled with chicken, black beans, corn, and some sauce, with sour cream and salsa on the side. I had to try one, and it was great! I would love to make these with rice paper and not deep fry them, but the flavors worker perfectly together. What a great idea for an Asian-inspired Mexican treat!

What I really liked about the Kinsale was the atmosphere. We played trivia and came in 2nd place! Everyone was so friendly and chatty, and the service was very prompt. I can’t say it was like a true Irish pub but, unlike many of the pubs in downtown Boston, this one was unpretentious. I highly recommend this pub to anyone in the mood for a chill night out in Boston.

Do you have a favorite pub in your city?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2010 9:51 pm

    Is that Guinness cheddar cheese?

  2. March 10, 2010 10:18 pm

    Sounds like a classic Boston good time! I can definitely remember a few fun nights at pubs. 🙂

  3. March 10, 2010 10:57 pm

    Wow, I can so relate to this post. I’m so happy you articulated my feelings about food. I love every aspect of it. I like to taste, smell, talk about, describe, and read about food so much. It’s more than a past time. It’s a passion.
    And I’m so glad you had a nice night- the pub food looks great! I’m a huge fan of buffalo chicken so that would do it for me!

  4. March 10, 2010 11:27 pm

    I’ve never been to a pub. Can I still say I’m a foodie! I do love every aspect of food though. It’s so refreshing to see someone actually enjoying all food, and not shunning a certain food group!

  5. March 11, 2010 9:21 am

    I’ve been to the Kinsale a few times and always enjoyed my meal and the overall experience. They have another pub in Cambridge called Asgard that I used to go to all the time when I lived in that area. They have a similar menu and great live music. You should check it out!

  6. peanutbutterfingers permalink
    March 11, 2010 10:10 am

    we have an irish pub in orlando called fiddler’s green. it looks absolutely adorable, but i’ve never been! i should get on that, huh?

  7. March 11, 2010 12:33 pm

    I have only been to a pub once and it was in Turks and Caicos. How random is that? Since I don’t drink I don’t often frequent bars/pubs but the one in Turks was pretty nice!

  8. March 11, 2010 5:07 pm

    All things buffalo tender get a thumbs up from me! I love that you have a story behind every recipe — I wish I did!

    I love a pub here in Tulsa called McNellie’s — they have so many fun beers to try and the atmosphere is so fun! The sweet potato fries are also to die for! 🙂

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